FIFA photo of Japanese women's team in celebrationA come-from-behind victory for the Japanese women in the World Cup finals Sunday was particularly sweet, not only because they were the underdogs in the match against the USA or because they’d never beaten the Americans.

Even though the historic match was the first time any Asian nation won the FIFA tournament in either men’s or women’s competition, for Japan, the victory was especially meaningful because their country is still suffering from one of the worst natural disasters of recent times – the March 11 earthquake and tsunami that killed 23,000 and started an ongoing nuclear crisis.

Worldwide, spectators were moved to tears by the exhilarating final moments of Japan’s 3-to-1 overtime win.

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